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Madrid launches free zero-emissions city bus service

Madrid City Council has launched a new zero-emissions bus that runs between Atocha and Moncloa and costs absolutely nothing for passengers.

Madrid launches free zero-emissions city bus service
Photo: EMT/Ayuntamiento Madrid

 

The new route is called the EMT 001 and runs along a north to south axis connecting Atocha station with Moncloa running along the busy shopping streets of Calle Princessa and Gran Via and the Paseo del Prado.

It uses a fleet of brand new electric buses that boast zero-emissions and form part of the Madrid 360 initiative to reduce traffic and pollution in the capital.

The light blue buses have a capacity for 75 passengers and will run approximately every 7-8 minutes between 7am and 11.30pm. 

There are 15 stops along the route going southbound and 17 going northbound..

Announcing the new route on Tuesday Madrid mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida said the idea was “to encourage people to leave their cars at home”.

The new right-wing Popular Party-led council invested in ten new electric buses at a cost to the taxpayer of €4.4 million. They estimate that the buses will clock up a total of  350,000 kms annually transporting some 13,000 passengers each day. 

 

A further route running east to west will be launched on March 3rd linking Argüelles with the Puerta de Toledo.

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OFFBEAT

Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.

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